Christian Science

Christian Science

Instructions: Please write an essay style response to each of the questions below. Submit answers typed or printed in no smaller than 10 point font. Answers that are not typed or printed will not be accepted. The length of each response should be two page; double space.

Grading criteria: Essays that are rambling, disorganized, incomplete or inaccurate will receive a low grade. Essays that are accurate, concise, complete, organized and coherent will receive a higher grade. Essays should show evidence of using the assigned text, as well as thoughtfulness and original insight.

Please abide by rules of grammar and spelling, and use a standard method for citing material that is not your original work but paraphrased or quoted – this includes notes based on the text Praying for a Cure. Any standard method of citation is acceptable as long as consistently used.

Your answers should reflect your own work in thinking through the problem. The single page answers should be the result of your own analysis and synthesis of ideas from your notes and the text. Use reasons to explain and justify, where relevant.

Exam Questions. The topic of this midterm concerns medicine in multi-cultural contexts, specifically, religious frameworks that conflict with conventional Western medical practice.

The questions directly concern Christian Science as discussed in the book, Praying for a Cure.

1. Margaret Battin, ("High Risk Religion: Christian Science and the Violation of Informed Consent,") states that “the conditions for autonomous choice involve three criteria: (1) the decision must be uncoerced;
(2) it must be rationally unimpaired; and (3) it must be adequately informed.” Explain how, according to Battin, the Christian Science church violates each of these three conditions of autonomy in the way it influences the medical decision making of its members. (30 points)

2. Peggy DesAutels ("Rational Choice and Alternative World Views") argues that Christian Science does not offer an alternative medicine but rather an alternative world view to the world view of medical science. What does this mean? What is the world view of Christian Science as compared to the world view of medical science? Explain how this response may, or may not, save Christian Science from Battin’s criticism. (30 points)

3. Larry May ("Challenging Medical Authority") considers two Christian Science cases of refusing medical treatment. Briefly discuss EITHER the case of Robyn Twitchell, or the case of Colin Newmark in terms of the following question: "What professional obligation(s)[if any]are owed to patients who belong to a religious culture that instructs its members to use prayer instead of conventional medical treatment for themselves and their children?" (40 points)

Please only use material provided for work cited.